Day 62- Glass factory stories

We love Wednesdays because we get to hear stories about Kane’s history from the Historic Preservation Society! Tonight John Marconi shares about the once thriving glass industry right here in Kane and James City.

The photo of glass featured at the top of the blog are examples of what was used to pave roads in James  city instead of gravel. That fact was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not because it was the only place where streets were made of glass.

Watch the video to hear more stories from the era of glass factories in and around Kane!


A few pictures:

One of the glass factories heated glass, blew it, cut it then heated it again to flatten it. The top picture shoe glass going into the heat and the bottom picture shows it coming out


The James City glass factory was one of the largest, employing 500 people


This is how many people got to work at the James City Glass factory




Glass cutters from James City. There was a diamond on top to cut glass and a hammer to break it


Different types of glass


Glass bottles that didn’t expand. These were found in the ground after the factory was closed for years


Tonight’s story teller John Marconi from the Kane Historic Preservation Society


We still have a few Wednesdays left during 100 Days. What stories about Kane history would you like to hear in the upcoming weeks?

4 thoughts on “Day 62- Glass factory stories

  1. My grandfather worked in the factory. He was injured and lost part of his foot when a crane crashed. He was a security guard after that. I would like to learn more about the accident. His name was Steve Sloboda.

  2. I just found this video and really enjoyed the talk. My grandfather, Steve Kurcinik, worked in one of the glass factories in and around Kane in the early 1900’s. In 1922 he moved to Lebanon CT to become a farmer. He was of Czech heritage. I would love to know more about where he worked. If there is a museum or historic record of the employees I would love to visit and research to see if I could find his name.

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